Written by Simon Evans
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Football Association has launched an official investigation into the role played by Premier League clubs in an effort to create a separate European Super League and the Premier League has said the clubs will be held accountable.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all signed in the new 12-team Super League led by Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid.
But after 48 hours of protests and harsh criticism, which continues to echo across English football, Premier League clubs pulled out of the project last week.
“Last week, we started an official investigation into the formation of the European Premier League and the participation of the six English clubs,” an FA spokesman said on Monday.
“We have written to all the clubs to formally request all relevant information and evidence related to their participation. Once we have the required information, we will consider appropriate steps to be taken. It is clear that what happened was unacceptable and could cause great harm to the clubs at all.” Level of English football. “
The Premier League said it was also studying the behavior of the six clubs.
“We are determined to prove the truth of what happened and hold these clubs accountable for their decisions and actions,” she said in a statement.
The association added that it was tightening its regulations to stop any future attempt at a separatist structure.
The new ‘owner’s charter’ will be introduced as part of the league’s governance – all club owners will be required to participate “while adhering to the Fundamental Principles of the Premier League”.
“Violation of these rules and the charter will be subject to heavy penalties,” the association added.
The UK government has launched a review of the game headed by former Sports Minister Tracy Crouch and the Premier League said it is in talks with the government “to pass appropriate legislation to protect the open pyramid of football and the principles of sporting merit and integrity. From the football community”.
On Sunday, Manchester United fans clashed with police and crossed the field ahead of the scheduled Premier League match against Liverpool, which was postponed as a result.
There have also been protests in the Chelsea and Arsenal matches since the Premier League plan was announced.
An FA spokesman said: “The fans have played a vital and influential role in helping to prevent the European Premier League from happening, and we understand their frustration.”
“However, we cannot condone the violent and criminal behavior that occurred before the scheduled Manchester United and Liverpool match, which the FA is now investigating.”
The Premier League urged any protests to remain peaceful.
“We are committed to maintaining a close dialogue with supporters and their representatives, as we work with the Football Association and the government to identify solutions, but we ask that all protests be peaceful,” she said.
The actions of a minority of those present at Old Trafford on Sunday are unjustified and will be investigated by the Premier League and the FA as well as by the Greater Manchester Police.
“The actions of some clubs cannot be allowed to cause such division and disruption.”
The Premier League has argued that it would increase revenue for the top clubs and allow them to distribute more money to the rest of the game.
However, sports governing bodies, other teams and fan organizations say it will increase the power and wealth of elite clubs and that the closed league structure clashes with the old European football paradigm.
Unlike the elite Champions League competition, where teams have to qualify through domestic leagues, the teams established in the Premier League guarantee themselves a place in the new competition every year.